The Independent's parliamentary sketch writer and columnist since 2000, Simon Carr was described by Tony Blair as "the most vicious sketch writer working in Britain today". "Poison," said Charles Clarke. In the 1980s he helped launch The Independent, and was a speech writer for the prime minister of New Zealand from 1992 to 1994. His working principle is "Indignation keeps us young."
10 February 2012 12:00 AM
On the last day of the "first module", we had the recall of Mail editor Paul Dacre to the Leveson Inquiry. We were all in suspense – right until victims' counsel finished his first question and the room reacted with one big "Huh?" What an example of forensic eloquence he made Ed Miliband look; eventually Mr Dacre was able to "refuse to answer" any more questions about the "mystery woman who didn't exist".
09 February 2012 12:00 AM
The important thing was the voice. It had lost the pleady, plaintive thing
08 February 2012 12:00 AM
07 February 2012 12:00 AM
Off his ground, out of his tank, Dacre looked nervous, defensive, even awed under examination
04 February 2012 12:00 AM
Talking is part of his job description. But some people have begun to wish that John Bercow would occasionally shut up.
03 February 2012 12:00 AM
02 February 2012 12:00 AM
01 February 2012 12:00 AM
He got away with it, on the whole, there was no animus on the backbenches against the Prime Minister; even David Davis left without asking a question. No Tory really blamed him for his EU-turn on the breakaway group's use of the common institutions like the European Court. The Lord only knows whether that really matters or not.
31 January 2012 12:00 AM
27 January 2012 12:00 AM
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